A Word From Maya Angelou

I ran up on this poem from one of my she-roes – Maya Angelou. Hope you find it as enlightening as I do!

‘A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ

That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.’

 When I say…. ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not shouting ‘I’m clean living,’I’m whispering ‘I was lost, Now I’m found and forgiven.’

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride, I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say. ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success.I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect,My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain…I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou,I’m just a simple sinner Who received God’s good grace, somehow!

I’ll add my few little words of wisdom from Chapter 2 of my book:

The more you love and respect yourself, the more power you will have. The key purpose in life is self-discovery. Know who you are. Many people think that once they know what they want, they know who they are. But it’s not until one knows what they have to give that they know who they really are.

The irony of it all is that if you relinquish who you are, and begin looking at yourself only in relation to men, you can’t have an authentic relationship.

Fulfilling your life’s true purpose, which ultimately is self-discovery, requires developing a higher consciousness or of becoming more self-aware, enhancing your self-image. Your self-image is the belief you have of yourself, an evaluation of your capabilities and personal worth, which can only be found from within.

In my book entitled You Are the One You’re Looking For: Freedom from Relationship Drama to an Empowered New You. I talk about how: “Many women have a tendency to make men extremely fascinating and powerful, not realizing that the love we give to others is second-hand. Our first and foremost love should be the love we give ourselves.”

Embrace your Uniqueness!




Elayne Marchbanks is an Empowerment Coach, Fashion/Image Specialist and Reinvention Strategist who resides happily in Chicago, Illinois. This ‘Enlightened Woman’ Website and her Book entitled. YOU ARE THE ONE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR: Relationship Tools, Reinvention Strategies and Becoming Your Best You! is aimed at women who want to Embrace their own Personal Power, Discover how to achieve Ultimate Style, and Create the Lifestyle they Dream of. Check out this FREE Book Excerpt here.


6 thoughts on “A Word From Maya Angelou

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